Calgary Home Achieves Net Zero
Energy with Radiant Heating System
The call came in late Friday afternoon.
The owner explained that he was building a Net Zero Energy home. As the main engineer on the project, he was considering radiant heat but was getting conflicting stories when researching the technology.
The “advice” offered to him was confusing: “It was too costly”, “it was too complicated”, “there was maintenance involved” and no one could agree as to what was the best approach to use radiant heat.
Frustration set in so he decided to do his own research. Which led him to consider Electric Radiant Heating Systems from ThermaRay:
Our Electric Radiant Earth Storage Heating System provides the ultimate savings by storing heat energy under the concrete slab and saving it to use when you need it.
Our Electric Radiant Architectural Series Heating Systems can easily be installed in any room. It doesn’t matter if you just have too much glass or too little insulation, we can take the cold out and bring the comfort into any room in your home!
Our Electric Radiant Ceiling Heating Systems can be used if you need a more comprehensive renovation and are just tired of the lack of comfort and high energy bills.
Our Electric Radiant Floor Joist (Under Floor) Warming Systems can be used if you have that room you added years ago that never gets warm or you are planning that addition right now.
Our Electric Radiant Floor Warming Systems is perfect for your kitchen, bathroom, foyer or anywhere that you are just tired of having cold feet. Warm those toes!
The engineer wanted a cost effective approach, providing the best comfort and most importantly meet the needs of a Net Zero energy home. He didn’t think that the cost to do this should be any more expensive than building a standard home.
Constructing a “green” or Net Zero energy building or using a radiant heating system isn’t complicated. All that is required is a room-by-room heat loss calculation of the house.
That means we don’t install more heat than necessary thus minimizing costs. Then we recommend which of our products is best for his application.
Our Electric Radiant Heating Systems didn’t interfere with his design nor would he have to make modifications to accommodate a heating system.
How Much Does Electric Radiant Heating Cost?
Our over-the-phone quick price estimate was significantly less than what he was quoted for other systems and our approach made a lot more sense to him.
Then we proceeded to discuss the “green” advantages of an electric radiant heating system. Gas systems, due to its CO2 emmisions, were not an option in this green community.
Once we had his house plans we could precisely determine the amount of heat he needed and where it needed to be. The resulting price of $3.50 per square foot was significantly better than his other quotes.
This also included a high end heating control center for the whole house. Due to its low energy needs, despite being in a very cold climate, the house only required 6 watts/sq. ft.
The project received plenty of media converge and was available for tours. In fact, people passing through the home, were so impressed with the heating system, it led to many more projects.
“The house has been well received especially when it was -35 degrees C (-31 degrees F) outside and toasty warm in the house.”